By Ruby Locke
Welcome to our Dreamcast series, where we explore how the cosmos—with all of its infinite possibilities—can affect your bedtime vibes. You bring your curiosity. We’ll bring you the stars.
New Moon in Libra: September 28, 2019
The New Moon happens in late September in the astrological sign of Libra, bringing us an excellent prompt to lay the groundwork for the Full Moon that will shine on us in the same sign in April of 2020. Fun fact: Libra, which is Latin for scales, is the only sign in the zodiac represented by an object—the scales of justice—instead of an animal or person. Figuratively, this sign is thought to be concerned with fairness, balance, and diplomacy. Think of the platonic ideal of lawyers: Objective, fair, listening carefully to both sides of an issue. In its greatest expression, that’s Libra for you. Or against you. Always in equal measure.
Because Libra is one of the most social signs in the zodiac— they love to bounce ideas off of other people and figure out how to find balance and build community. As natural chameleons, Libras are willing to compromise to find common ground. This energy may amplify the social characteristics of your own moon sign. Don’t be surprised if you feel more cordial and considerate than usual. In your dreams, you might be the one who resolves longstanding beefs with friends and family or arbitrates an argument with strangers before it escalates.
It’s all credit to Libra’s values of compromise and objectivity, which also makes this New Moon a stellar time to weigh your options for the future, and pick a few that you love. You don’t have to choose just one thing — so, if you want to put your handknit scarves on Etsy AND get your yoga teaching certification, do both! It’s entirely possible that when this Libra New Moon cycle comes to fruition in six months, during April’s Full Moon in Libra, you’ll be called to pick your number-one plan and go with it. Until then, there’s plenty of time to experiment and learn, even when you have forceful Aries breathing down your neck. (More on that in a moment.)
Full Moon in Aries: October 13, 2019
The Full Moon is in hot-headed Aries — and nobody puts Aries in a corner! What did I say about Aries’ energy? Oh, right: It’s forceful, like a ram, which signifies the sign. That said, you can expect a powerful Full Moon.
October is a month of transitions. As the seasons change, those of us who live in the northern hemisphere start to feel the shorter days in earnest after the Autumn Equinox (September 23), which makes the Full Moon all the more potent. Aries, the first sign in the astrological calendar, is all about potency. The previous month’s Full Moon in Pisces might have had us deeply in our feelings, but Aries straight-up won’t have it. Aries doesn’t have the patience or the inclination for all those messy emotions, during a Full Moon or not. Aries is focused on taking action quickly and impulsively, getting things done. The sign suits the first Full Moon of autumn well.
Even though the Full Moon is the traditional time for harvesting and the new moon is a time for starting anew, the Aries Full Moon is actually an excellent time for new beginnings, new thoughts, new habits, and drastic changes. The sun in Libra offers us a literal or proverbial fork in the road, but it’s that Aries moon that might finally push our hearts to take that next step. The directness of the sign of the ram seems like it would clash with the hidden, private nature of the moon. After all, the moon is about reflection. But Aries is all about shining. Somehow, it works, and you can make this Full Moon work for you.
What hidden talents do you have that you’re willing to finally share with the world? What dreams are you ready to make come true? Consider these questions as you lay in bed at night. Then, do something about it in the morning.
Mercury Retrograde for Halloween
This year, for Halloween, I’m dressing up as Mercury retrograde. (Just kidding. I’d never pull that look together in time.) For some folks, there’s nothing scarier than Mercury in retrograde. Ironically, our final Mercury retrograde of 2019 falls on the most fright-filled holiday of the year: Halloween. From October 31 to November 20, Mercury’s trajectory in the night sky will appear as though it’s turned back on its own orbit, which is what makes it “retrograde.” But what’s there to be afraid of?
Mercury rules communication, among other things, like information and coordination. Therefore, Mercury retrograde (which happens a few times per year) is thought to affect things such as technology, travel, clarity of conversation, and thought.
What can you do about it? I’ve started to look at Mercury retrograde periods as a chance to double-check my work. I ask myself: Are you sure you’re interpreting that correctly? Is that really what you mean? Putting that thoughtful spin on it, Mercury retrograde can be a gift, rather than a curse.
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